On the 3rd February the Blood & Valour Team met at the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton to set up our table at the 23rd SF Ball and get ready for a weekend showing off Blood & Valour: The Legends of the Knight Sir Bevis. The SF Ball is held in Southampton annually, and as soon as we found out about it, we knew it would be a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about the comic.
We had a table in the Exhibition Hall, and as well as making some very useful contacts in some of the other exhibitors/dealers, we had the chance to get a close look at some Gerry Anderson puppets and models, as well as having a few run ins with a Dalek or two…
Our stall proudly had examples of both Marcus and Guy’s artwork on display, and drew quite a few visitors across the weekend. The response we had to the artwork and the project was overwhelmingly positive, and we took a number of pre-orders throughout the weekend (as well as selling some art prints and a few Blood & Valour t-shirts). Some of those who pre-ordered had come from as far afield as Edinburgh for the SF Ball, and it’s fantastic that Blood & Valour is already beginning to reach beyond its local roots, just as the medieval story of Bevis of Hampton did.
We also had some celebrity visitors during the weekend. Dave Freeman, a Concept Artist whose film credits include Star Trek: Beyond, Assassin’s Creed and Wonder Woman, had a good conversation with Guy and Marcus about the art of the project. Next we had a visit from Terry Molloy, who is perhaps best known for playing Davros, the creator of the Daleks, in Doctor Who! (As well as voicing Mike Tucker from The Archers for over 40 years)
Our final celebrity visit of the weekend was from Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Ian Beattie and Ian McElhinney, who may be best known for playing Mace Tyrell, Meryn Trant & Barristan Selmy in Game of Thrones. The three were kind enough to stop by the Blood & Valour stall between talks and signings to have a chat about the comic, and we even managed to snag a photo with them as well.
All in all, it was a great weekend and a fitting prelude to Blood & Valour Volume #1 going to print!